Mo Chun (Lam) Lee Obituary

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In Memory of

Mrs. Mo Chun (Lam) Lee

December 17, 1912 - April 13, 2014
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My (grand)mother, Mo Chun (Lam) Lee was born in the year when China became a republic; she was the youngest in the family with two elder brothers and one elder sister (14 years her senior). She survived two World Wars mostly because of her perseverance and strong willed character. After marriage, she worked in a village farm in China. During the Japanese invasion of China, she had to sell her wedding jewelry in order to repossess several acres of family farm; otherwise, she and her son would die of hunger. Without any means of communication during the Pacific Battles of WWII, she lost contact with her husband living in Canada. In 1958,...
My (grand)mother, Mo Chun (Lam) Lee was born in the year when China became a republic; she was the youngest in the family with two elder brothers and one elder sister (14 years her senior). She survived two World Wars mostly because of her perseverance and strong willed character. After marriage, she worked in a village farm in China. During the Japanese invasion of China, she had to sell her wedding jewelry in order to repossess several acres of family farm; otherwise, she and her son would die of hunger. Without any means of communication during the Pacific Battles of WWII, she lost contact with her husband living in Canada. In 1958, as part of the refugee influx, she struggled with her two daughters, out of China, into the former British colony (Hong Kong) to be reunited with her beloved husband and son. Doing miscellaneous labor intensive jobs while raising children and grandchildren, she was very hard working all her life.

In 1975, my (grand)mother immigrated to Vancouver at the age of 63. She insisted on working in the farm for long hours to help to carry a portion of the family's financial burden. She worked for the next ten years until she became eligible to receive Old Age Security and Canadian Pension Plan. She was definitely a typical Chinese immigrant, struggling to create a new and better life for the next generation. In her free time, she practiced hand writing, taking care of extended family with selfless loving kindness. She was very organized, babysitting children and grandchildren. In addition, my (grand)mother loved to learn and enjoy writing poetry, singing rhythmically up until 2 months ago when she had to give up because of poor eyesight and occasional shortness of breath.

We respect her deeply for her dedication to the entire family and we will never forget her tireless effort and graciousness. My very dearest (grand)mother, after her almost 102 years of earthly journey, is now resting in peace. May we meet again in eternity as God calls up all the saints and believers in Christ to be with Him, in heaven.

Written by Jonathan Lee, PhD., Grandson.

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